Commission improves Europe’s research and innovation landscape

01 October 2020

SCI’s Green Recovery File: ‘…scientific knowledge grows with collaborations, knowledge is trusted if there is open scrutiny of its quality.’

The European Commission has adopted a revised Communication on the European Research Area for Research and Innovation.

The European Research Area was launched during 2000 with the aim of improving the organisation and integration of Europe’s research and innovation systems and enhancing cooperation between EU, Member States, their regions and stakeholders. It also aimed for free circulation of researchers, scientific knowledge and technology, focusing on cross-border cooperation and coordinating the research and innovation policies and programmes of the Member States.

The revised Communication will improve Europe’s research and innovation landscape, accelerate the bloc’s transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, support its recovery from the societal and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen its resilience against future crises.

The new Communication has four strategic objectives:

  • Prioritising investments and reforms in research and innovation towards the green and digital transition.
  • Improving access to facilities and infrastructure for researchers across the EU.
  • Transfer of results to the economy to boost business investments and market uptake of research output, as well as foster EU competitiveness and leadership in the global technological setting.
  • Strengthening mobility of researchers and free flow of knowledge and technology through greater cooperation among Member States, ensuring everyone benefits from research results.

The Commission said that the EU will work towards accomplishing the four strategic objectives through 14 specific actions.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said ‘We need to strengthen the European Research Area…Knowledge has no territorial boundaries, scientific knowledge grows with collaborations, knowledge is trusted if there is open scrutiny of its quality. It also has more chances to achieve peaks of excellence and support an innovative and risk taking industry to shape a resilient, green and digital recovery.’

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